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Real Valladolid v Real Madrid Live Commentary, 12/30/22

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K. Benzema (83 pen)
K. Benzema (89)
Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla

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Both teams are next in action in the Copa del Rey next week. Valladolid are on the road to Alaves, while Madrid travel to face Cacereno.
Real Madrid return to LaLiga action with a victory, defeating Real Valladolid 2-0 courtesy of a brace from Karim Benzema at the Jose Zorrilla. Los Blancos had to rely on Thibaut Courtois to make two brilliant saves to keep them level before the game turned in the 83rd minute when Benzema converted from the spot after Madrid were awarded a penalty by VAR for a handball by Javi Sanchez, while the home side were also reduced to 10 men as Sergio Leon was sent off for dissent. Benzema ensured that his side would leave with the three points by scoring his second of the game with a clinical finish, notching his seventh goal of the campaign.
90' + 8' FULL-TIME: REAL VALLADOLID 0-2 REAL MADRID
90' + 7' Weissman attacks a corner from the right flank, but he loops his header straight into the air allowing Courtois to make a routine claim.
90' + 6' Camavinga makes another burst through the middle of the park and he shapes back to shoot, only to place a tame effort straight at Masip.
90' + 4' Valladolid can feel aggrieved to be on the verge of losing this game. It all turned on the penalty decision, which will infuriate Pacheta and his team.
90' + 2' Benzema has now scored seven goals in 11 appearances in LaLiga against Real Valladolid.
90' There will be eight minutes of added time.
E. Camavinga
Assist
Real Madrid
89' Camavinga surges down the left flank and offloads to his team-mate to control and score.
K. Benzema
Goal
Real Madrid
89' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! BENZEMA SURELY SECURES THE WIN!!!! 2-0 MADRID!!!!! Benzema produces a clinical finish from Camavinga's cutback. The Frenchman bursts down the left flank and spots the run of his team-mate in the middle. Benzema takes a brilliant first touch before hammering his right-footed strike past Masip.
L. Modrić
Vinícius Júnior
Real Madrid
88' Modric comes on for Vinicius, who appears to be struggling with cramp.
A. Tchouaméni
F. Valverde
Real Madrid
87' Tchouameni replaces Valverde for the closing stages in the Madrid midfield.
86' Real Madrid have scored nine goals in the last 15 minutes of the second half, more than any other team in LaLiga this season.
S. Weissman
Monchu
Real Valladolid
84' Weissman is on in the final third for Valladolid to replace Monchu.
Kenedy
Óscar Plano
Real Valladolid
84' Kenedy enters the action to replace Plano for the hosts.
K. Benzema
Penalty Goal
Real Madrid
83' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! BENZEMA CONVERTS!! 1-0 MADRID! How France would have liked to have had Benzema in Qatar! The forward holds his composure from 12 yards, burying his low strike into the bottom-left corner as Masip dives to his left. Madrid have a late lead.
Joaquín Fernández
Yellow Card
Real Valladolid
82' Fernandez becomes the latest player to go into the book for dissent.
Sergio León
Red Card
Real Valladolid
82' RED CARD! Leon reacts furiously to the referee and the fourth official about the handball decision. His goes too far in the eyes of the official and is sent off for dissent.
Javier Sánchez
Yellow Card
Real Valladolid
81' Javi Sanchez goes into the book for his handball.
81' PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! The referee awards a penalty to Madrid for handball against Javi Sanchez. The defender's arm was not in a natural position and there was no doubt that the ball struck his hand.
80' Real Madrid appeal for a penalty as a corner from Kroos deflects off Benzema and strikes Javi Sanchez on the hand. VAR will take a look at the incident.
79' SAVE! Benzema drops his shoulder on the edge of the Valladolid box and curls a strike towards goal that Masip has to turn past the post with a firm hand.
78' Fresneda has attempted 6 tackles in this game, more than any other player on either team. The young defender has been impressive tonight defending the Valladolid right flank.
76' Vazquez hits a dangerous low cross into the Valladolid box, but it takes a deflection and catches Benzema by surprise. The ball strikes his boot and rolls into the hands of Masip.
75' Valladolid win a corner down the right flank that sees Aguado lift a cross to the edge of the box to Monchu. The midfielder connects with his strike on the volley, but it is a comfortable save for Courtois.
72' Rodrygo makes a good run into the inside-right channel and he wins a corner off the legs of Javi Sanchez.
E. Camavinga
Dani Ceballos
Real Madrid
69' Camavinga replaces Ceballos in the Madrid midfield.
69' Vinicius looks to counter for Madrid and skips past two challenges to break into the inside-left channel, but he flicks his effort over the top from a tight angle. It was so good there until the finish.
68' WHAT A SAVE FROM COURTOIS! The Belgian keeps the scores level with a brilliant reaction stop to deny Leon. The forward rises highest from Kike's cross from the left flank and directs his header towards the bottom-right corner, but Courtois stretches to reach with one hand to divert it away.
67' SAVE! Aguada tries to catch out Courtois at his near post from the resulting corner, forcing the keeper to scramble across to push it away from danger.
66' BLOCK! Kike finds space on the edge of the box and finds Plata, who launches a left-footed strike at goal that Alaba has to divert behind.
65' Plano leads a break outfrom the back and into the final third. He offloads to the right flank where Fresneda comes forward in support and he wins a corner off the legs of Mendy.
62' Madrid have not changed much since the break. They're still playing in the margins, which is not aiding their cause tonight. Ancelotti needs more from his team.
Kike Pérez
Roque Mesa
Real Valladolid
60' Roque Mesa is carted off the field after taking a knock and is replaced by Kike Perez.
Rodrygo
Marco Asensio
Real Madrid
60' Rodrygo enters the action to replace Asensio in the final third.
Lucas Vázquez
Dani Carvajal
Real Madrid
59' Vazquez replaces Carvajal for the visitors at right-back.
Luis Pérez
Escudero
Real Valladolid
59' Luis Perez replaces Escudero at left-back for the home side.
58' Escudero is down the home side after pulling a hamstring down the left flank. Roque Mesa is also struggling with an injury and may have to make way.
57' Benzema finds space to turn in the final third, but strikes a tame effort straight at Masip.
56' Leon breaks in behind the Madrid defence down the inside-right channel. Alaba gets back to block the strike, but Plata gathers the loose ball. He looks to offload to Plano, but he cannot get the ball out from his feet and loses possession.
G. Plata
Iván Sánchez
Real Valladolid
55' Plata enters the action for the home side to replace Ivan Sanchez in the final third.
52' Vinicius drives down the left flank and wins a corner off the legs of Fresneda. The Brazilian collects a short pass from Kroos, but Alaba is not on the same page to attack his offload to the near post.
50' WIDE! Kroos swings a corner into the box from the left flank fo Rudiger to attack, but he glances his attempt wide of the right post.
49' Madrid pressure down the left flank and win a corner as Fresneda has to knock the ball away from Vinicius.
46' We're back under way in this LaLiga clash.
Valladolid can be content with their first-half performance. They did have to ride their luck in the opening 20 minutes, but found their form as the half progressed. They're 45 minutes away from a positive result.
It is goalless at the break in the LaLiga clash between Real Valladolid and Real Madrid at the Jose Zorrilla. Both teams have had good chances to take the lead with Karim Benzema spurning the best opening of the half when he fired over the bar from six yards out. At the other end, Thibaut Courtois had to be on top form to deny Alvaro Aguado with a fine save. The game is very much in the balance at the interval.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: REAL VALLADOLID 0-0 REAL MADRID
45' There will be one minute of added time.
43' OVER! Valverde makes a quick switch to find Asensio in space and he pulls the trigger on a left-footed strike that travels over the bar. Madrid's attackers have not had their shooting boots on today.
41' Plano works a low ball across the edge of the box, which allows space for Escudero to strike. Carvajal has to make an important block to charge down his effort.
39' Valladolid are asking all the questions in the game now. Madrid have completely lost their rhythm.
37' WIDE! Aguado finds space as Roque Mesa picks him out with a fine offload. He shoots from a tight angle, placing his effort narrowly wide of the right post.
36' WHAT A SAVE! Courtois produces a brilliant stop to turn Aguado's strike from the edge of the box past the post. The midfielder curled his effort towards the top-left corner, forcing the Belgian to dive full-stretch to turn it wide.
34' Leon goes down in the Madrid box under pressure from Alaba, but again the referee is not interested in an appeal for a spot-kick.
32' SAVE! Vinicius probes on the counter and runs at the Valladolid defence down the left flank. He cuts inside to shoot on his right foot, but Masip gets down to make a good save.
31' BLOCK! Monchu lines up the resulting free-kick, but he smashes his effort straight into the wall, allowing the visitors to clear the danger.
30' Carvajal brings down Plano on the left edge of the box, handing the home side a free-kick in a dangerous position.
30' SAVE! Leon is played into space in the inside-right channel and fires towards the near post from a tight angle, forcing Courtois into a solid stop.
29' Asensio goes down in the box under pressure from Escudero, but the referee tells the Spain international to get to his feet.
28' CHANCE! Fresneda clips a low cross into the feet of Javi Sanchez, who takes the ball down well in the middle. He lines up a strike on the half-volley that just travels over the top.
27' OVER! Kroos collects in space 25 yards from goal and lines up a right-footed blast that sails just over the bar.
25' Carvajal tries to release Valverde down the right flank, but the offside flag goes up late before he pick out Benzema with his cross.
23' Vinicius collects a throw down the left flank and tries to squeeze a cross into the middle amid pressure from Fresneda, only to lose the ball behind for a goal-kick.
21' WIDE! Ivan twists and turns on the edge of the box and lines up a strike at goal. He connects with his left foot, but slices his attempt well wide of the target.
18' Benzema seizes on a mistake at the back from Javi Sanchez as he wins possession. Escudero comes in with a vital challenge to prevent him firing at goal.
17' WHAT A MISS! Benzema has to score! The Frenchman blasts over from six yards out with the goal gaping after Masip denies Vinicius with a brilliant save. Benzema only has to convert the rebound on his left foot, only to smash his effort over the top.
15' Vinicius wins a corner down the left flank, but the Valladolid defence clear the danger from Kroos' delivery.
13' If Ancelotti might have had concerns that his side would be rusty after the break his fears have not come to fruition. Los Blancos have looked very sharp on their return to action.
11' Madrid are convinced that they should have a penalty as the ball struck Javi Sanchez's hand from Asensio's second effort, but VAR and the referee opted to remain with the decision on the field.
10' CHANCES! Benzema tees up Asensio to strike from the edge of the box, but his effort is well saved by Masip low to his right. Ceballos works the ball back into the middle, but Asensio sees a second goalbound effort blocked on the line by Javi Sanchez.
9' Roque Mesa produces a great turn down the left flank and he sends a cutback towards Plano, but his flick rolls safely towards Courtois.
8' Valladolid continue to look for Leon on the counter, but Carvajal is able to sweep up a long ball forward from the back and work it towards Courtois.
6' Kroos offloads to Ceballos on the edge of the box from a corner, but Escudero rises highest to head behind away from Benzema for another Madrid corner.
5' Mendy is afforded space in the final third and he offloads to Vinicius down the left flank. Fernandez gets across to put the ball behind for a corner.
2' Ivan sends a pass down the right flank for Leon to chase, but the forward moves a fraction too early and is caught offside.
1' We're under way at the Jose Zorrilla.
There will be a minute of silence before kick-off in remembrance of Pele.
Real Valladolid have failed to win in their last 13 games against Real Madrid in LaLiga (D2 L11) and they could establish their longest winless run against them in the competition should they fail to win this game.
Madrid have made five changes to their side that beat Cadiz last time out. Benzema returns from injury to lead the line alongside Vinicius and Asensio. Modrid and Tchouameni are not considered ready yet after their lengthy runs in the World Cup. Kroos, Valverde and Ceballos start in the middle of the park. Eder Militao misses out, but Rudiger and Alaba form the centre-back pairing with Mendy and Carvajal operating in the full-back roles.
Valladolid have mae eight changes to their side that lost to Bilbao in November. Jawad El Yamiq misses out after being given extra time to recover after his exploits in the World Cup for Morocco. Fernandez, Javi Sanchez and Escudero come into the back four, while Aguado and Mesa slot into the midfield alongside Monchu. Plano, Ivan Sanchez and Leon form a three-man attack as Weismann and Guardiola drop to the bench.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez, Eden Hazard, Luka Modrid, Eduardo Camavinga, Andriy Lunin, Alvaro Odriozola, Lucas Vazquez, Aurelien Tchouameni, Rodrygo, Luis Lopes.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
REAL VALLADOLID SUBS: Luis Perez, Kike Perez, Shon Weissman, Gonzalo Plata, Mickael Masla, Sergi Guardiola, Kenedy, Juanjo Narvaez, Sergio Asenjo, David Torres, Diego Moreno, Lucas Rosa.
REAL VALLADOLID (4-3-3): Jordi Masip; Ivan Fresneda, Joaquin Fernandez, Javi Sanchez, Sergio Escudero; Roque Mesa, Monchu, Alvaro Aguado; Ivan Sanchez, Sergio Leon, Oscar Plano.
Real Madrid are back in action after almost two months away from the field. Carlo Ancelotti's men are two points adrift of Barcelona at the top of the table before kick-off tonight, but can leapfrog their rivals win a victory. They signed off before the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Cadiz, but were far from convincing in their peformances before the break, including a 3-2 defeat to Rayo Vallecano. Madrid will be hopeful of hitting the ground running in their contest this evening.
LaLiga returns after a seven-week break for the World Cup, and Valladolid face a massive challenge against Los Blancos in their first match back. Jose Rojo Martin's men sit in 14th place and six points clear of the relegation zone, although they will be very keen to distance themselves from the bottom three to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle in the second half of the season. Valladolid lost their last outing 3-0 to Athletic Bilbao, but can take confidence that they have won their last three league games at home.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga match between Real Valladolid and Real Madrid at the Jose Zorrilla.